2018-19 Personal Development in Living Mindfully Program
Applications Are Now Being Accepted!
Program Dates – June 2018 – June 2019
Distance Learning with Two 5-Day Residential Retreats
The Mindful Life Personal Development in Living Mindfully Program is an intensive, one year training and support program that provides participants with the opportunity to develop and embody their own mindfulness practice. This program was designed as an alternative pathway for those interested in receiving the more extensive training of a mindfulness teacher for their own personal development. Participants will be in the same retreats and many of the same trainings as the teacher trainees, however the focus will be directed toward personal development rather than teacher certification. This is a unique and rare opportunity to receive and develop your personalized mindfulness program.
The MLP Personal Development Program provides you with an intense year of focus on and guidance in developing your practice of living mindfully. You gain both the knowledge and the experience to live mindfully. Much more than taking a class, this program offers you the personalized support of the instructors and the opportunity to learn along with dedicated peers throughout a whole year. Beginning and ending the year with a five-day retreat provides a focused time to deepen your practice and anchors your experience of the learning community.
For those interested in the MLP Teacher Certification, see this page.
Overview of the Mindful Life Personal Development Program
- 2 – five day residential workshops – to begin and end the year-long training
- MLP Manual, Companion Journal and coursework
- Daily practices including mindfulness and meditation practices and self-reflection
- Reading, written and group assignments
- Monthly group teleconferences with instructors
- Monthly individual supervision phone call with assigned instructor
- Bi-weekly phone call with peer partner participant
- Optional monthly teleconferences with other participants
- Two individual weekend retreats
- Ability to attend MLP Foundations Courses during the year at no additional cost
Choosing to Apply
The decision to participate in the year-long program can have a profound effect on your life and the lives of those you come in contact with. Choosing the right mindfulness program for you is very important. We feel that the Mindful Life Program offers a unique and much needed integrated and holistic approach to mindfulness. Our emphasis is on a balanced approach to integrate the four key areas of mindfulness – meditation, wisdom, values, and an open heart into your daily life. Our goal is to help you to live your life with attention and intention, cultivating the skills that empower you to make healthy choices that are in alignment with your values and meaningful to you.
Retreat Dates: The two 5-day residential retreats will be held June 24 -29, 2018 and in June, 2019. The 2018 retreat will begin with Sunday dinner on June 24th and end with Friday lunch on June 29th. Attendance at both retreats is required for certification.
Retreat Center and Accommodations: Mercy Retreat Center is located just 90 miles north of Los Angeles, California on 33 acres offering many outdoor areas for meditation and relaxation, including garden paths, meditation groves, and a labyrinth. Participants will be hosted in single occupancy rooms. Handicap accessible rooms are available upon request. All meals are included beginning with dinner Sunday, June 24th and are served in the retreat dining room. Our retreat will offer fresh, healthy vegetarian meals. If special diet needs exist, please let us know. The staff is able to accommodate most special dietary needs.
Application: The application process includes a written application, an interview of the applicant and references, and participation in the MLP Foundations Course or Online Four Keys to Mindfulness Course. The application deadline is March 5, 2018. To receive an application, enter your name and email in the form at the top right of the page. Interviews with the applicant and references will be scheduled after the application is received. Applicants are also asked to register for and participate in an MLP Foundations Course in person or an Online Four Keys of Mindfulness Course either prior to the application deadline or schedule participation in a course before May 15th, 2018.
Cost: $5,250 – Includes both week-long residential workshops, the full year of coursework and individual supervision. Participants are responsible for the cost of their own travel expenses.
Payment: Upon approval in the program, a deposit of $2000 is due by March 23, 2018, with two installment payments due April 23, 2018, and May 23, 2018, of $1625. A payment plan may be available on an individual basis.
Cancellations notified in writing prior to May 1, 2018 – refund of amount paid to date less $700 administration fee
Cancellations notified in writing on or after May 1, 2018, and before October 15, 2018 – 50% refund of total program fee
If you have additional questions or would like to talk with the Mindful Life Program staff about our approach to mindfulness or the Teacher Certification Program, please feel free to call or email us.
Frequently Asked Questions
– What are the benefits of the MLP Personal Development Program?
The MLP Personal Development Program provides you with an intense year of focus on and guidance in developing your practice of living mindfully. You gain both the knowledge and the experience to live mindfully. Much more than taking a class, this program offers you the personalized support of the instructors and the opportunity to learn along with dedicated peers throughout a whole year. Beginning and ending the year with a five day retreat provides a focused time to deepen your practice and anchors your experience of the learning community.
The program focus includes the four key areas of mindfulness – attention, wisdom, values and an open heart. The MLP curriculum empowers you to cultivate attention which creates more choice and the ability to initiate and respond to life with wisdom and in alignment with your values. The program provides tools to cultivate inner peace and genuine happiness and the ability to make healthy choices. With the MLP approach, mindfulness is much more than learning to be present in the moment. It is the ability to to be present with clarity and discernment – to be able to experience life (events, people, thoughts and emotions) consciously and respond with wisdom. Our mindfulness programs help you develop clarity, mental and emotional balance and lead a meaningful life that is in alignment with your inner values.
– Who is able to apply to the program?
We encourage a diverse range of applicants from all walks of life to apply, who are ready to deepen their mindfulness practice and to dedicate themselves to living mindfully. Participants are selected for admission in the program on the basis of their perceived potential to succeed in their own practice and their dedication to personal growth.
– What is required to apply to the program?
A completed application with three references and a phone interview with the applicant and references. While we do not require completion of an MLP Foundations Course or online course for application, it is encouraged.
– When is the application deadline?
Applications are due March 5th, 2018.
– What happens after my application is submitted?
You will first receive a confirmation of receipt of your application by email. Next, a phone interview will be scheduled between you and one of the instructors, and interviews of references will be completed.
– How do I check on the status of my application?
Please email us at [email protected] or call us at 970-633-0163 if you have a question about the status of your application.
– When is the payment due in full?
Program fees are due for full payment by May 23, 2018, unless alternate arrangements have been negotiated with The Mindful Life Program.
-Is the fee for the MLP Foundations Course that is encouraged of applicants included in the cost of the Personal Development Program?
No. We find that participation in the course prior to application or at least by May 15th, 2018 is of benefit to the applicant in gaining a first-hand experience of the MLP practices and approach. However, once accepted into the program, participants may take part in one or more MLP Foundations Course as space is available at no additional cost as part of their training from June 2018 through June 2019.
– Is there coursework prior to the first residential retreat?
A reading assignment is given upon acceptance to the program and is to be done prior to the first residential retreat.
If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact us.